Postural Modifications for Lower Back Pain

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  • Anonymous Lower Back Pain

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    • 245 lbs
    • 5' 10"
    • Illinois
    21
    May2018
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? Somewhat
    • Repeat injury? Yes
    • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
    • Number of Surgeries None
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Have you been off work or unemployed due to low-back pain? Yes, for over a year
    • Have you felt depressed or hopeless in the last 7 days? Never
    • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? Quite a bit
    • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? Distressing
    • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Osteoporosis, Spondylolisthesis, Muscle Strain
    • Additional conditions Neck-pain, Arthrithis, Hip-pain, Knee-pain, Insomnia

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Opioids, Supplements
      Not Improved
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Mattress Change, Meditation, Strengthening Exercises, Stretching, Pilates, Acetaminophen, Supportive Shoes, Cortisone Injection, Ice, Oral corticosteroids,
      Worsened
      Rest, Physical Therapy, Heat

    As much as I can which is very little


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  • Bineke Lower Back Pain

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 126 lbs
    • 5' 6"
    • White River Junction, VT 05001
    16
    May2018
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Walking distance with leg pain 1 block
    • Repeat injury? No
    • Doctor/Care Giver Johanna Haze
    • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
    • Number of Surgeries 1
    • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? Quite a bit
    • Have you been off work or unemployed due to low-back pain? Not at all
    • Have you felt depressed or hopeless in the last 7 days? Rarely
    • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? Somewhat
    • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? Discomforting
    • Back pain causing leg pain Yes, most of the pain is in my leg
    • Chronicity 6-18 Months
    • Sitting without having to change position 1-2 Hours
    • Standing without experiencing back pain 10 minutes
    • Pain when rising from a seated position Much better
    • Back-Pain while bending forward Mild
    • Leg-Pain while bending forward No pain
    • Pain while bending backward Stiff and limited motion with no pain
    • Pain while lying flat on stomach No pain
    • Walk with no pain 1 mile
    • Sitting without back pain 2-3 hours
    • Standing without back pain 10 minutes
    • Back pain interfere with sleep Sometimes
    • Back pain interfere with your personal care (washing, dressing etc) Not at all
    • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Degenerative Disc Disease, Spinal Stenosis

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Physical Therapy, Swimming, Meditation, Walking/Hiking, Supportive Shoes, Rest, Acupuncture,
      Not Improved
      Mattress Change, Gokhale Method, TENS/Electrical Stimulation

    I am retired, but generally very active. Standing and walking for longer than a few minutes still brings up severe sciatic pain in my left leg. This condition has not improved since surgery for the removal of a bone spur on Dec.12. None of the treatments have relieved the pain thus far. However I am devoted to the Gokhale method and intend to adopt the new ways for the rest of my life. I thus far have not noticed any change in walking, but I do notice that I can stand longer when at home performing common activities such as brushing teeth etc. I still need a stool to sit on when cooking but shorter episodes of standing are ok, especially in the first half of the day. Before the pain started in May of 2017 I led a most active life with all the physical activity I liked to do, including crosscountry skiing and hiking.I would love to know if there is any record of sciatic pain records relating to the Gokhale Method.
    May 15. I just started pt last week, 3 p.w. Pt noticed that anteverted pelvis position as advised in the Ghokale Method seems to be contraindicated in my case. For instance pain is less when I stand with my right good leg somewhat more back than my left leg. This results in standing more in a tuck position. She also gave me a pelvis tuck exercise while laying down.
    My acupunctionist also suggested this week I stretch my back into a tucked position by squatting and getting into a bow position.


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  • Monica Lower Back Pain

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    • 144 lbs
    • 5' 8"
    • Redwood City, CA
    13
    May2018
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Repeat injury? No
    • Number of Surgeries None
    • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? Somewhat
    • Have you been off work or unemployed due to low-back pain? Not at all
    • Have you felt depressed or hopeless in the last 7 days? Never
    • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? A little bit
    • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? Discomforting

    Treatment Ratings

      Almost Cured
      Gokhale Method
      Improved
      Chiropractor,

    I have long-term mid-back pain and neck pain. The Gokhale Method has helped a lot in knowing why and helping me learn to change my posture so as to relieve pain. Lately my mid-back has been in acute pain because of my diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal wall in front). The stacksitting of the Gokhale Method along with deep breathing really massages my mid-back and I can relieve my acute pain so quickly, the quickest way I've ever found. It's pretty amazing!


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  • Momdoc Lower Back Pain

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 160 lbs
    • 5' 1"
    • Palo Alto, CA
    11
    May2018
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Walking distance with leg pain 2-4 miles
    • Repeat injury? No
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • Number of Surgeries None
    • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? A little bit
    • Have you been off work or unemployed due to low-back pain? Not at all
    • Have you felt depressed or hopeless in the last 7 days? Never
    • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? A little bit
    • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? Mild
    • Back pain causing leg pain No, I don't feel any leg pain
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Sitting without having to change position 10 minutes
    • Standing without experiencing back pain As long as I want
    • Pain when rising from a seated position No change
    • Back-Pain while bending forward No pain
    • Leg-Pain while bending forward No pain
    • Pain while bending backward No pain
    • Pain while lying flat on stomach No pain
    • Walk with no pain 2-3 Miles
    • Sitting without back pain 1 Hour
    • Standing without back pain As far I want
    • Back pain interfere with sleep Sometimes
    • Back pain interfere with your personal care (washing, dressing etc) Not at all
    • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion)
    • Additional conditions Neck-pain, Hip-pain

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Gokhale Method,
      Improved
      Acetaminophen
      Not Improved
      Ice, Rest,
      Worsened
      Heat

    I no longer have back pain. I had one episode of an apparent bulging or herniated disk with severe pain in lower back occurring at work in the context of some very late hours doing data entry using a laptop computer situated too far from my seat, when I installed an electronic health record in my medical practice. A friend taught me some Gokhale Method techniques and I practiced them and my back pain improved at the time, although I was not sure this was cause and effect, could have been time passing. Heat, ice were both ineffective. Pain medications were effective in the short run (I used Tylenol only because I have a history of heartburn from NSAIDs such as ibuprofen) but the pain would return until I made positional changes. Changing the position I occupied seating and how I slept (pillow under knees or between them if on the side) is what really helped me heal. Since then I have successfully prevented the pain by paying close attention to the ergonomics of my office, making sure I don't bend forward while at the computer. Only one episode happened, in 8/2011 and I have been pain free ever since. I also do Classical Stretch exercise program and some yoga but haven't done those recently. I have since taken Gokhale Method courses and now attempt to apply the techniques regularly throughout the day. I continue to have some neck pain when sitting and sometimes when walking or standing and I am trying to learn a better neck posture.


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  • Anonymous Lower Back Pain

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 212 lbs
    • 5' 5"
    • Winston-Salem, NC
    02
    May2018
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? Quite a bit
    • Repeat injury? No
    • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
    • Number of Surgeries 4+
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Have you been off work or unemployed due to low-back pain? Yes, for over a year
    • Have you felt depressed or hopeless in the last 7 days? Often
    • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? All the time